Do androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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ISBN-13: 9780194792226
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Sales rank: 587,594
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile: 490L (what's this?)

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Considered one of the most influential science fiction minds of the 20th century, Philip K. Dick's works have been the inspiration behind some of the most popular and successful films of all time, including BLADE RUNNER, TOTAL RECALL, and MINORITY REPORT. A Hugo Award winner for his book THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, Philip K. Dick went on to change the face of science fiction literature with his body of work including DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, A SCANNER DARKLY, UBIK and more. Philip K. Dick passed away in 1982. Rising superstar artist Tony Parker is best known for his work on WARHAMMER 40,000: FIRE AND HONOUR, WARHAMMER 40,000: DEFENDERS OF ULTRAMAR, and the WARHAMMER AGE OF RECKONING MMORPG graphic novel.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 259 reviews.
Hornbillette More than 1 year ago
It's easy to see how this book inspired the movie, Blade Runner, but it's plot runs differently. I found it quite enjoyable to read. It was thought-provoking on it's issues and I was very impressed with the way that the writer created a dark, empty and claustrophobic atmosphere. The human characters in the book were more complex and interesting than in the movie. On the other hand, this is not the book to read in order to figure out the movie. The movie's plot was simpler and more cohesive. The book's story line is as murky and inconsistent as the future world that the book describes. Basically, the book raised lots of new issues to think about and didn't add much to my understanding of the movie. It's a great book and I recommend it highly, if that's what you're hoping for.
RichGillock More than 1 year ago
Philip K. Dick is not so much of a science fiction writer as he is a mystery writer who sets his plots and characters in imagined future enviroments. His characters are interesting while humanly flawed and the plot twists keep you guessing and surprised. Unlike some science fiction he doesn't focus on a narrative of a future world. The details just kind of sneak out naturally as part of the plot. What the future allows Dick to do is to change the rules and see how his characters fit into that environment. But the humans still act like humans with all their flaws, and the androids, maybe more so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story. As they always say, "the book was better than the movie." I wasn't a huge Blade Runner fan, but I really enjoyed the book. It poses the classic Scifi questions about defining life. It's a quick read; for anyone with a few hours to spare, I'd highly recommend it!
JosephCopeli More than 1 year ago
Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter on the now sparsely populated planet Earth. His job is to hunt "andys," slang for androids, that have escaped from the human colonies on Mars and Earth's Moon. The latest model of cylon, er android, the Nexus-6, is particularly wily; they resemble humans more closely than ever before. Most importantly, the Nexus-6 can almost pass a Voigt-Kampff examination, which tests an intelligent being for empathy, a quality androids don't possess. As Deckard pursues the six andys that eluded his predecessor, he finds that the line between human and android isn't as defined as he previously believed and starts to question the morality of his undertaking. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the second Philip K. Dick work I've read (the other being A Scanner Darkly) and there is a theme that the author explores in both novels: an understanding of the quality that makes us human. In A Scanner Darkly, Dick was able to create a sympathetic character out of a double-crossing, drug-addicted undercover informant. Similarly, Dick makes sympathetic characters of his androids, showing their humanity even though they are not human. The bounty hunter Deckard starts to notice this too. Deckard begins to question his preconceptions when he is pursuing the opera singer Luba Luft. She cunningly accuses Deckard of being an android because of the ease with which he "retires" androids without feeling any empathy toward them. Deckard, of course, denies this, but a change in his attitude is revealed shortly, after Luft has been retired by Phil Resch, another bounty hunter. Deckard was touched by Luft's musical skill and starts to think that robbing the world of her talent, android or human, is insane. This is the first time Deckard feels empathy toward the "things" he hunts. Luft's death makes Deckard aware of the difference between himself and Resch. He is convinced that Resch is an android because of Resch's quick trigger finger (and his indifference to art, perhaps, as well). Deckard tells Resch, "You like to kill. All you need is a pretext. If you had a pretext you'd kill me." Despite his conviction, however, Deckard's test reveals that Resch is human. The result of the test is significant enough for both bounty hunters to try to make sense of it, with Deckard reasoning that Resch has a defect that makes him unsympathetic toward androids. Resch points out, though, that this isn't a defect; if he felt any empathy toward androids, he wouldn't be able to kill them. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Is filled with conundrums of this sort, in which the qualities that make humans human and androids android are flipped, mixed, rearranged and contemplated. Deckard, a bounty hunter, mourns a dead android and finds he has too much of the quality that androids don't possess. Those humans that can afford it use a machine to program moods for themselves; Iran, Deckard's wife, even programs depression for herself twice a month so that she feels bad about being left on Earth. John Isidore, a human whose intelligence was affected by the nuclear fallout on Earth, is considered sub-human, below the level of animals even, which are now highly sought-after because most of them died from radiation poisoning. The only friends he has are the escaped... [Due to's character limit, the rest of this review can be found at]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books like this don't come around all the time for me. I basically like every book I read, but I don't love all of them. But this book I can honestly say is amazing. I first tried to read it in 8th grade, and got about 80 pages in before I quit. And I just now picked it up again 3 years later. Now a sophmore in highschool I can appreciate it more. It has a good message and a very comfortable style of writing. I will definitely read more Phillip K. Dick.
Baomei More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for escapism. If you've seen the movie Blade Runner and expect the same sense of intellectual challenge and ambiguity, you'd be disappointed. Not because the book is less interesting, it is just a lot more different that you'd expect. Nevertheless, it is a great sci-fi story and its short content makes it an easy read.
monkey3 More than 1 year ago
If you have never read any of Philip Dick's other books, I recommend you start here. Chances are, you have seen the film that was based on this novel (Bladerunner) and this is one of the easiest of his books to get into if you are not familiar with his style. Do not expect a lot of action, as this is a small but heady novel full of intriguing philosophical ideas and biting social commentary. if you like this, move on to Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said or A Scanner Darkly. PK Dick is a real treat for the mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book by Philip K. Dick was a very quick read. The beginning of the book doesn't move so quickly, but once you get into the book, things start moving fairly fast. The book is primarily about one man's encounter with androids that have escaped and turned to killing humans. He is a bounty hunter for the San Francisco Police Dept. and gets paid to 'retire' these rogue androids. When he receives a larger assignment than usual, some unexpected things happen when he is forced to fight the most advanced androids in existence, the Nexus-6 series of android. The way in which the author portrays the world adds a lot to the story and helps make a lot of the other things in the story that most people would normally take for granted make sense. However, at the same time, it can be seen as a sort of a dystopian view of the world (most everything is destroyed, people are grouped into 'regulars' and 'specials' based on how much brain damage they have received from nuclear fallout, etc), so if you don't enjoy that sort of book, this is probably not the book for you. If you're looking for a sci-fi thriller, this is also not the book. There are not very many action scenes in this book, instead philosophical ideas fill in this gap. I personally enjoyed the book. I believe most people would as well, if they can find the story engaging (easier after reading the first few chapters). It is definitely worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read PK Dick since the late 1960s, and since I enjoyed Blade Runner so much, I thought I should see what the writer had to say. Of course, it came as no surprise that the movie follows a different path. If they had stayed true to the books, no one would have seen the film. This is a dark and very sad novel. Reading it, as a fully-conceived idea of the world of the Nuclear Winter I was struck,over and over again by the persistence of both human denial and human ascendancy, despite all odds to the contrary. These people still find things to care about, even though there is little reason to. Unlike the feeble triumph of Cormac McCarthy's characters in The Road, Dick's characters gain nothing and once the bounty hunter has discovered how his work is actually affecting him, he understands the futility in life itself continuing under these conditions. The extremely touching counterpoint to the violence of his occupation is his own search for an animal to love -- one that actually needs him. The image of the rooftop pasture occupied by a robotic sheep is one of the most pathetic visions I have ever absorbed. This book left me sad, and without a great deal of hope for the future in the face of the hubris of our species. It is a master work, make no mistake. The writing held me throughout and only lapsed into murkiness when it fit the story, enhancing my emotional response to Dick's well-chosen words. I highly recommend this, but it is not a rollicking chase adventure like the movie was. The androids he hunts down are also not dreamy philosophers, like Rutger Hauer's character in the movie. They are barely passable, utility replicas with no redemption.
blutarski More than 1 year ago
It's a shorter book but still dives deep enough to completely develop the main characters and the plot. It truly makes you wonder what things are actually alive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While hard to follow at times (as is normal with PKD), it's a great book! Hard to put down!
poplin on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I had never really read any science fiction before (unless The Hitchhiker¿s Guide to the Galaxy counts), so I felt as though I was missing some of the basic background vocabulary of the genre while reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Nevertheless, I found a lot to enjoy¿and much to enlighten¿in this book.The nature of empathy is the book¿s central theme; human life has value because humans are able to experience empathy, and android ¿life¿¿if it is even afforded such status¿lacks value because androids lack empathy. But there are limits to human empathy: humans do not feel empathy for androids who attempt to escape from a life of servitude. Indeed, such androids are scheduled for unceremonious ¿retirement.¿ In contrast, animals¿even electric animals¿are treated with the highest level of respect, despite their lack of higher-order brain functions, in a dislocating contrast to our own world.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is ultimately a question of what it means to be human. Intelligent androids are treated as slaves, while animals lacking consciousness are exalted. Humans use empathy boxes to fuse with Wilbur Mercer, allowing them to share in the feelings of everyone else connected to the box at that time, but whether or not Mercer actually exists seems irrelevant. Judgments of what make something¿someone--valuable are out-of-kilter with our own reality.Those who have not read science fiction before¿or who actively dislike the genre¿should not be discouraged from reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Although the vocabulary and much of the plot is typical of the genre, the themes presented are universal. The protagonist, Rick Dekkard, experiences an internal struggle over the value of human life and an increasing sense of dislocation and alienation which is genre-less.
Duranfan on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Incredible book, answers a lot of questions from the film.I'm surprised no one has picked up on how this novel is basically a futuristic Frankenstein; Man creates something that seems wonderful at first, then discovers he can no longer control it and therefore must destroy it. Meanwhile the 'creature' only wants to live like its creator.
ithilwyn on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Definitely, obviously written in the vein of the film noir genre but set in a futuristic dystopian world. Fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m so thankful to Gollancz for sending a copy of Blade Runner and a few other books to me. I never once expected to recieve one book from them never mind a pile. This is the first of the books I picked up from them given that I’d just recently rewatched Blade Runner and seen Blade Runner 2049. I’m definitely a huge fan of the movies so it made complete sense to prioritise this book. I obviously had a lot of expectations going into this book and it didn’t disappoint. I’d actually argue I enjoyed it more than movies in a sense. (This isn’t to say they’re bad adaptations or imaginings of the world that Philip K. Dick created though) I really enjoyed the set up of the Blade Runner world; Earth 1992 barely surviving after World War Terminus that has caused most humans to have emigrated off world. Two of the main areas I enjoyed reading about that were new to me was the introduction of the Penfield Mood Organ that allowed humans to find an emotion they wanted to experience, dial it in, and ta-da. Plus the exploration of the empathy focused religion – Mercerism – and its important on the story as a whole. Deckard has to take on the job to retire 6 andriods who’ve killed humans and escaped to Earth with the idea to blend in and live out the rest of their lives amongst us shortly after they’d almost killed another bounty hunter. At start of the book it starts off as any other job for him but he’s also placed in a lot of situations that get him questioning his job, his identity, and the identity of others. Due to how these scenes are portrayed it often leads for the reader to question how reliable the narrator (Deckard) is which I really liked. Empathy, humanity, and identity are obviously very important themes that are explored in this book and whilst you could consider these a heavy topic for science-fiction I would definitely say don’t let this put you off as I believe they’re all handled well and approached appropriately within the story. At only 193 pages I recommend bumping this up your TBR pile and letting me know if you too enjoyed it as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was not sure, having seen Blade runner so many times, but the further I read the more interested I became! Well worth the read?
357800 More than 1 year ago
HA! What a surprise! If you've seen the 1982 Blade Runner movie, you already know Deckard is a bounty for law enforcement....and has a license to kill rogue androids aka replicants. DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP was the inspiration for the old movie as well as Blade Runner 2049 in theatre's now and is the same in some respects, but without the intensity and violence. It kind of has a strange calmness to it....almost like you've taken a mood enhancer, and there's a whole other plot going on. Very bizarre. I don't want to be a "chicken-head" and give anything away so I'll just say....times are bleak, desperate and totally weird after W.W.T. (World War Terminus) with people trying to survive on a contaminated earth....animals are a rare commodity....and most....those that passed the test have defected to Mars. Definitely MORE thought provoking than the movie....Definitely NOT the action-packed thriller with brutal fights between bounty hunter and a highly-intelligent & dangerous species of replicant. "You shall kill only the killers."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book paints a distinctly sad future for a post apocalyptic world. I read it but couldn't wait to finish it as I could find nothing for any redemption.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story makes the movie look stupid. Glad I finally read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PKD is honestly the most mesmerizing writer of speculative fiction. Considered his standard, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by virtue takes a dystopia novel with noir detective genre and then throws in technology to ask a basic question about human existence: what constitutes our concept of consciousness? It sounds very heavy to read, but what would take today's writing world six hundred pages to explore and explain, let alone experience? He does in two hundred with concisely constructed characters, which you won't be able to put down if you've read any degree of science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now realize i need to reread all of PKD's work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the book that inspired BladeRunner, I felt this think this book did fairly welll